Footage Surfaces of Police Brutality at Occupy Wall Street Rally

As AlterNet's Kristen Gwynne and Sarah Jaffe reported late last night, the labor and community rally held in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street was inspiring, well-attended -- and unfortunately, marred by some amount of police brutality. Reportedly, about 20 protesters were arrested, and some were pepper-sprayed and beaten by cops when the protesters made moves to march on Wall Street without a permit. As Kristen wrote:

Cops put barricades up on the sidewalk to prevent the demonstration from reaching Wall St., at the corner of Broadway. Horses, NYPD pick-up trucks, and an NYPD bus arrived at the scene. As organizers attempted to have an assembly behind barricades and determine the next steps, chaos broke out and several people were pepper sprayed. Even more were arrested. 

At the same time, a violent conflict erupted between police and organizers spanning the length of the park on Broadway. The tension rose until one man, who demonstrators say threw something a cop, sprinted threw the park. Protesters chased after him, angry with him for breaking their characteristic non-violence.

You can see video of the clash between protesters and the police right here:

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at October 6, 2011, 3:11am